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Maryborough Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Maryborough

Public Figures

  • Dame Annabelle Rankin (1908-1986): Australian politician and first woman to be elected as a Queensland senator.
  • George Furber (1838-1900): Surveyor, prominent public servant, and Major of Maryborough during the 1880s.
  • Andrew Fisher (1862-1928): Former Prime Minister of Australia, serving three non-consecutive terms from 1908 to 1909, 1910 to 1913, and 1914 to 1915.
  • William Henry Walsh (1870-1940): Australian politician, first senator for Queensland to serve a full-term in the Australian Parliament.

Entertainment Personalities

  • Paul Tully (born 1949): Australian politician and local historian, known for promoting popular regional events such as the Mary Poppins Festival.
  • Geoffrey Rush (born 1951): Internationally acclaimed Australian actor, winner of various prestigious awards including an Academy Award, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award.
  • Moya Doherty (born 1958): Irish-born Australian television producer and co-founder of Riverdance, a theatrical production that became a global sensation.

Sports Personalities

  • Chris Anderson (born 1948): Former rugby league footballer and successful coach, known for coaching multiple NRL teams and leading the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs to two premiership victories.
  • Sarah Walsh (born 1983): Retired Australian professional football (soccer) player, represented the Australian national team, known as the Matildas, in numerous international matches.
  • Cooper Cronk (born 1983): Former professional rugby league player, recognized as one of the game's great halfbacks for his achievements at both club and international levels.


  • Ian Fairweather (1891-1974): Scottish-born Australian painter and artist, known for his abstract landscape paintings.
  • John Honey (born 1950): Prominent Australian contemporary visual artist and painter, renowned for his intricate and colorful artwork.


  • Herb Wharton (born 1936): Indigenous Australian author and playwright, notable for his contributions to Aboriginal literature.
  • Paul Prentice (born 1952): Australian playwright, short story writer, and novelist, known for his work exploring social and cultural themes.

Other Accomplished Individuals

  • Christopher Potter (born 1957): Noted Australian mathematician and academic, major contributor in the field of pure mathematics.
  • Harold Ripley Dobbyn (1910-1975): Australian inventor and engineer, known for his contributions to telecommunication systems.
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